This ceramic crock pot liner and lid is from a Hamilton Beach “Stay or Go” model crock pot / slow cooker. The black ceramic component (the liner / vessel that holds the food) tested negative for lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic when tested with an XRF instrument. The white writing on the lid (the logo area), however tested positive for a high level of lead, as much similar white (or red) writing does on this sort of item. The logo was positive for 9,866 ppm lead. This product was relatively new when tested in 2014, although I do not know the exact year of manufacture. As lead content in painted decorations and logos like this is not regulated for this type of item, I would assume that the company is still likely using leaded paint for their logos.
What can you do if you have a logo like this on a piece of kitchen equipment?
- Notice if the paint on your logo is wearing.
- Consider hand washing the lid instead of putting it in the machine.
- Do not use abrasives to clean the lid.
- Contact the manufacturer and ask them to stop using lead paint on the logos and decorative elements of their products!
- Ask the manufacturer for a lead-free replacement component
If you have to use a crock pot or slow cooker I recommend this one, because it has a stainless steel liner (even though the cooking element is not 100% lead-free, at least the vessel that contains the food is.)